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Sainsbury’s Bank has, until 18th January, boosted the bonus on the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card.

This free Mastercard usually has a sign-up bonus of 8,000 Nectar points, which converts to 5,000 Avios.

For the next couple of weeks, this is increased to 10,000 Nectar points. This is worth 6,250 Avios.

It certainly isn’t a great credit card for day to day spending, as I will explain, but arguably 6,250 Avios as a sign-up bonus on a free credit card is worth thinking about.

About the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card

The Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card is issued by Sainsbury’s Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the supermarket chain.

The card is issued as a Mastercard.

The representative APR is 22.9% variable.

Sainsbury’s Bank issues a number of credit cards with different features. All have the same earning rate per £1 spent. This version has the most generous Nectar sign-up bonus.

You can ONLY apply for the 10,000 points offer via this link and not via the standard Sainsbury’s Bank website.

What is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card sign-up bonus?

Until 18th January, you will receive 10,000 Nectar points when you spend £400 at Sainsbury’s, Tu Clothing or Argos within your first two months.

This is worth 6,250 Avios if you convert the Nectar points.

The usual bonus is 8,000 Nectar points, worth 5,000 Avios, and I would expect it to return to this level after 18th January.

Details of how to convert Nectar points to Avios are on here.

What are the conditions of applying?

There is no stated minimum income requirement.

You must have a Nectar card to apply. Sainsbury’s would prefer you to have held one for six months before applying for the credit card, but this is not compulsory.

Any other benefits?

All new cardholders receive two financial benefits:

  • 0% interest on balance transfers for 6 months
  • 0% interest on purchases for 6 months

Note that Sainsbury’s credit cards now work with Apple Pay, which was not the case a year ago, and with Google Pay.

What is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card annual fee?

There is no annual fee.

What do I earn per £1 spent on the card?

The earning rate on the card is 1 Nectar point per £5 for general spending and 1 point per £2 for spending in Sainsbury’s, Tu Clothing and Argos. This is exceptionally bad.

Points are earned ‘per transaction’. This means that a £4.99 purchase outside of Sainsbury’s will earn nothing. A £9.99 transaction would only earn one Nectar point. Given that the return is so poor in the first place, this is astonishing penny-pinching.

What is a Nectar point worth?

In virtually all circumstances, a Nectar point is worth 0.5p.

Here is our HfP guide on how to spend Nectar points.

1 Nectar point per £5 charged to your card is equivalent to a 0.1% rebate on your spend.

In reality, it is worse than this because your spending is rounded down to the nearest £5 per transaction before points are awarded.

With 1 Nectar point worth 0.625 Avios, you would earn 0.125 Avios per £1 spent outside Sainsbury’s. Inside Sainsbury’s and Argos you would earn 0.312 Avios per £1.

How does a 0.125 Avios per £1 compare to other Mastercard or Visa credit cards?

It’s a joke, to be honest.

Let’s assume that you get the free Barclaycard Avios credit card. This earns 1 Avios per £1 spent. You can transfer these to Nectar and get 1.33 Nectar points per £1, worth 0.66p.

Astonishingly, the free Barclaycard Avios credit card earns you 6.6x the rewards of the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card. This is before you factor in the annual Barclaycard / British Airways upgrade voucher too!

Is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card worth getting purely for the sign-up bonus?

Yes, potentially. It is down to how desperate you are for 6,250 Avios, your ability to hit the qualifying spend and your willingness to add another card to your credit file.

The Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card sign-up bonus is worth considering. 10,000 Nectar points is worth 6,250 Avios.

You need to spend £400 in Sainsbury’s, Argos or Tu Clothing within two months to trigger the bonus. Before you apply, be certain that you can manage this.

It is likely that gift card purchases, for other companies, bought in Sainsbury’s would trigger the bonus.


The Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card has a good sign-up bonus. The bonus of 10,000 Nectar points will convert into 6,250 Avios.

The on-going earnings rate of 1 Nectar point per £5 spent is weak, unfortunately, and this card is not a great ‘keeper’ for daily spending. Even the ‘improved’ rate of 1 point per £2 spent in Sainsbury’s, Argos or Tu Clothing is a bit of a joke.

The application form for the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card 10,000 points offer can be found here. The special bonus offer ends on 18th January.

PS. If you don’t have the Nectar American Express credit card, take a look at our review here.

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Comments (45)

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  • Froggitt says:

    While youre at Sainsburys Bank, take out their over 50s life insurance for 20,000 points. Cost, about £6 a month, cancel after 5 months once the points credit. Unfortunately theyve now stopped the double Nectar points at Sainsburys, but still about £70 in free munny

    • @mkcol says:

      Not often at 48 years old I complain about being too young!

      • Ryan says:

        Who says you need to actually be over 50? We’ve done plenty of pet insurance for my “cat” over the years. Application submitted so we’ll see if it goes through

    • gritts says:

      For £6 monthly fee it says 10000 pts.

      If your monthly premium is under £8.50, we’ll give you 10,000 points, which could be worth £50

  • @mkcol says:

    It’s clearly a very long time since you’ve been in Aldi, they’ve been littered with branded goods for years.

    • Gordon says:

      That’s a more polite reply to Robs post, Shame there are not more reserved posts like this, It seems several people have had a sense of humour bypass, That surprises me with the current state of the NHS, We can only hope that 2023 will be a more positive one. Have a great new year Rob and the team and all posters….

  • Harry says:

    I thought last week you said credit cards were too much hassle?

  • Mart says:

    Does Sainsbury’s spend target include petrol?

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